Hong Kong’s nickname, Pearl of the Orient, reflects what makes Hong Kong special. But it is not just the mixture of East and West—it’s also the harmony of city and country, between innovation and tradition.
Hong Kong has one of the most vibrant orienteering communities in Asia, boasting almost an event every week. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to jog around the city and on the hills. Some of the views from the mountains are world famous.
Orienteering was introduced into Hong Kong through British soldiers and police officers in mid-20th century, thus becoming one of the first Asian places to play the sport. In the late 20th century, the orienteering community in Hong Kong would pave the seed for many Asian countries to develop orienteering, especially China. Besides foot orienteering, Hong Kong is also developing into an Asian trail orienteering hub in recent years, with Trail-O gaining momentum even among young non-disabled people, and teams gaining exemplary results in international competitions.
- Annual Championships every December. Sprint, Middle and Long Distances. WRE events.
- Asian Orienteering Championships (22-26 Dec 2018). Non-Asian runners welcome with WRE points but not prizes.
- Asian Trail Orienteering Championships 2019
- World Trail Orienteering Championships 2020
- Ranking events per year: 4-5 middle/long distance, 4-5 sprint
Event calendar is at www.oahk.org.hk.
Major orienteering clubs:
- Metropolitan Orienteering Club: Metvigator, Sprint Duet and other events
- Hong Kong Orienteering Club: HKOC Championships, Night Orienteering, Go Out etc.
- AYP: annual Rogaine (alternating between 6 and 24 hours competition each year)
- Airport: HKG/VHHH. Airport Express train takes half an hour to Central. Bus takes an hour.
- Electric plug: Type G (British)
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
- Public Transport: Train and metro (MTR), Bus (Citybus/NWFB, KMB, NLB), Tram